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Bull Shoals Police Chief Resigns to Avoid Excessive Force Charge
Former Bull Shoals Police Chief Dan Sutterfield
BULL SHOALS, AR (KOLR) - The Bull Shoals Police Chief has agreed to resign his position, give up his Arkansas law enforcement certification and never serve as a law enforcement officer again in exchange for federal prosecutors to drop a charge against him.
According to the Baxter Bulletin, Police Chief Daniel Sutterfield took the deal on Monday and a charge of excessive force stemming from a July 2013 arrest has been dropped.
Sutterfield originally faced charges of conspiracy, falsifying a police report and excessive force in the arrest of Nicholas Dore. According to allegations against Sutterfield, the police chief kicked and stomped Dore and used a stun gun on the man while he was handcuffed.
During a trial in July, a jury acquitted Sutterfield on the charges of conspiracy and falsifying a police report. A mistrial was declared on the count of use of excessive force.
Sutterfield faced up to 10 years in prison on the excessive force charge. He pleaded not guilty to all three charges.
If Sutterfield does not meet the conditions set by federal prosecutors, a criminal trial can be sought.